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The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges

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 I had a difficult time finding the exact book cover that I have, what is displayed is the exact replica of what I read.

I feel The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges should be read before reading The Practice of Godliness.
The Pursuit of Holiness is about taking off the old self--the sin nature.
The Practice of Godliness is about putting on the new self--the new creation/holy in Christ Jesus.

My previous review of The Pursuit of Holiness:…

2010 Christy Awards

The Christy Awards were held last Saturday night.
The award was named in honor of the author Catherine Marshall's book Christy.
The award program began in 1999 as a way to recognize those books in Christian fiction that were outstanding. 

The winners are:

Contemporary Romance:
Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills, Tyndale House Publishers

Contemporary Series, Sequels, Novellas:
Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson, Thomas Nelson

Contemporary Stand Alone:
The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson, Thomas Nelson

First Novel:
Fireflies In December by Jennifer Erin Valent, Tyndale House Publishers

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austen, Bethany House: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

Historical Romance:
The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen, Bethany House: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

Lost Mission by Athol Dickson, Howard Books: A Division of Simon & Schuster

By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson, Marcher Lord Press

Young Adult:
North! Or Be Eaten by…

Guess What I Bought?

I bought a Kindle last Saturday. Yes, I know some of you have strong opinions about these e-reader machines.
I spent weeks searching and contemplating, you would have thought I was buying a car.
I am pleased with my purchase. I have two books I'm reading on my Kindle--one for an author, this book is Jacob's Courage by Chuck Weinblatt. Jacob's Courage will be reviewed on my other blog @ Impressions In Ink.
I'm also reading My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes.
From now on when I post reviews I will be stating whether the book was read in a book or e-reader.

Blissful Blogging!

Intervention by Terri Blackstock

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Intervention is a New York Times bestseller

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Published by Zondervan, 2009, 336 pages, Fiction/Suspense/Mystery

This is the first book I've read by Terri Blackstock. It is an awesome read!!

Barbara Covington is a widowed middle age woman struggling to raise an addicted teenage daughter and a younger teenage son. The daughter is Emily a bright and beautiful girl, she has so much to live for--yet her body and mind and spirit is full of the addiction that is eating at her like a parasite. The brother is Lance, he is a precocious, intelligent, and insightful boy. Barbara has been trying to "hold it…

Photo's of Kalani

Last Saturday was Kalani's 7th birthday and we had a party for her in her hospital room. She is doing great!

Thank you for praying!

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Answered Prayer!

Are you ready to do a little shouting and dancing???

The little girl Kalani (my granddaughters best friend) that I shared with you that had liver cancer. She had surgery almost 2 weeks ago to remove a very large tumor on her liver. Her abdomen was swollen and they left her open a few days. Later they took her back to the OR to remove the packing and she had heavy bleeding from this surgery, they were able to close her up, and since then she has continued to improve.
Today the final pathology report came back that she did have a stage 1 cancer, it was not the kind of cancer that spreads to other organs, the cancer was contained in the 1 tumor and that was removed. Kalani needs no further treatments, as soon as she is able she can go home!
Her 7th birthday is this Saturday June 26.

Remember, all of the praise and all of the glory belongs to Jesus alone!

Praise the Lord!

Stumbling Souls: Is Love Enough? by Chris Plekenpol

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I Am Second

Biblica  published 2010, 242 pages,
The B&B Media Group

This is the true and powerful story of the authors testimony of love in action. The author Chris Plekenpol a student at Dallas Theological Seminary and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, met a man named James.
This book came from his experience in helping this man--a gay, drug addicted, HIV positive, homeless man in Dallas, Texas.
Chris invites James to attend a mens Bible study--bringing him to the meetings. He also fed him and helped him out with giving him money. He eventually brings him home to stay in his apartment. 
Chris as well…

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand

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Published by Bethany House 2010, 336 pages

I was sent this book for free as I am the book coordinator at my church and occasionally Bethany House sends me books. I chose to read/review Beguiled.

Rylee Monroe is a young and beautiful woman that lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Rylee is a dog walker and she has inadvertently stumbled in to an investigation of the Robin Hood burglar.
A reporter named Logan Woods is trying to uncover the case of the burglar. His boss is aggressively demanding a story on the real burglar that is targeting Charleston.
Logan and Rylee are pulled in together not only to a building relationshi…

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

I received the book The Practice of Godliness from NavPress for reading and reviewing, not knowing that The Pursuit of Holiness was book one of these two. In book one The Pursuit of Holiness Jerry Bridges writes on taking off the old self---the old nature, in The Practice of Godliness he writes on putting on the new self---godly Christian character. It just so happens that on my book shelf sat The Pursuit of Holiness patiently waiting for me to read it.

This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

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Published paperback in 2006, 160 pages

The title of the book comes from Hebrews 12:14
"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord."
While reading this book I took 8 pages of notes. I'm a note taker, every book no matter if it is fiction or…

The Victor by Marlayne Giron

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Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2009, 276 pages, for ages 9-12, Christian Fantasy

Cover by Kandi Evans, Interior Design by Joey Garrett, Illustrations by Cindy Jordan

This book was given to me for free from the author for the purpose of reading/reviewing, and as a donation to our future children's library at our church. Maybe you remember from an earlier post that our church burned January 19 of this year. 

There are 2 book trailers:

A Riveting and Romantic Tale! The Victor by Marlayne Giron

Marlayne | MySpace Video
The Victor is the story of 2 men both fighting for control of the kingdom of Ellioth. Lucius is evil and he provokes and entices the people away from their rightful and just king Eloth. A battle ensues between Lucius and Eloth's son Joshua. Joshua is a man of valor and he fights for Ellioth bec…

I Forgot

I forgot to mention that 13 days ago was my 3 year anniversary on this blog. I started blogging on Wordpress in early 2007 not knowing what I was all. I persevered, read other blogs, read, read some more, allowed the Holy Spirit to take over, then read some more. The product that you see now is not the finished product, it is an ever evolving and changing mission. I do feel that this is my mission, I have no idea where the Lord will take me on this adventure, but it has been a marvelous journey!

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Questions From All In A Day's Thought

Wendy is the author of the blog All In A Day's Thought and she loves to ask enriching questions that stir our creativity.
Her original post:
Her questions today are:
"What personal touches do you enjoy?"
"Do You spy with your little eye?"

The first question I am struggling with, you see my husband works in another town during the work week and is only here on the weekends, my best personal touches are from him. My first thoughts in answering this question is a physical touch and I know of know better physical touch than from my husband.
In digging a little deeper in to this word personal, the definition means one's own; individual; private, or close; intimate. (Oxford Pocket American Dictionary)
The most intimate or closeness I have is with Jesus. Jesus' Spirit abides in me and He is my ever present friend, counselor, master, Lord. I cannot imagine and do not want to--what it w…

Do You Read The Bible?

Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible has written a wonderful post entitled "Why I Read Nonfiction".
I encourage you to read this!!!

I had written an earlier post Fiction Versus Nonfiction and I've had several great comments, thanks.
Thank you to Becky for writing her own post on this subject.

More questions for discussion!

Do you read the Bible?
How often do you read the Bible?
Do you memorize Scripture?

These questions are not meant to judge you or be critical, but to stir discussion.

Until I was nearly 30 I read my Bible rarely. I had attended Church and Sunday school all of my life, but rarely read the Bible on my own. Because, I'd been in Church all of my life, I did know several Bible verses having heard them often. In the early years of Sunday school we had Bible drills and Scripture memorization contests; I loved winning those little gold stars! I continued to be a babe in Christ for fa…

Poem From C. S. Lewis

"From all my lame defeats and oh! much more
From all the victories that I seemed to score;
From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf
At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;
From all my proofs of Thy divinity,
Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.

Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead
of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.
From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee,
O thou fair Silence, fall and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle's eye,
Take from me all my trumpery lest I die."

On Guard, Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig

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Published by David C. CookB&B Media Group in 2010, 288 pages

How do you feel when you are questioned about your belief in Jesus?
Have you ever been in a discussion with an atheist about why you believe in Jesus, the creation, the Bible?
Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 3:15-16
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."

William Lane Craig has written "a must read book by e…

Book Blogger Hop!

It's Friday and Book Blogger Hop!
This is a great way to meet new blogger friends and cruise in blogger land!

Today I met:
Dark Glass Ponderings and Catching Up With The Conner's

Blissful Blogging!

Thankful Thursday!

On this Thursday I am thankful:
1. My granddaughter's best friend Kalani had surgery today and the surgery was successful. The tumor was very large that was removed from her abdomen area.
2. That I can freely go before the throne of grace in prayer.
3. That my prayers are always heard.
4. That even when the Lord is quiet I know He is with me.
5. Kleenix tissues that are extra soft.

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The Meeting of the Waters, 7 Global Currents That Will Propel the Future Church by Fritz Kling

Published 2010, 233 pages

This copy was provided for free to me by David C. Cook for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

Fritz Kling called it a "listening tour." He traveled to nineteen countries "listening" to others talk-- about their mission work, or talking to the people who's country he was visiting, he even listened to those of other religions-- including those he felt reluctant to interview. He then made some dramatic discoveries in what missionaries are now faced with in the 21st Century. He finds seven prevalent trends from this "listening tour". These seven trends are described in depth in his book The Meeting of the Waters. The books title is from the two rivers in Brazil that then merge in to the Amazon river. These two rivers, the Rio Negro (a black water river) and Rio Solimoes (a caramel color river) flow together distinct and seperate for 10 miles until they finally blend. Aft…

Thankful Thursday!

On this Thursday I am thankful:
1. That I am feeling much better. I was sick all of last week with a respiratory virus.
2. That we have finally had a good rain shower, a little over an inch since yesterday. We had only 0.89" of rain in May.
3. Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches.
4. Fresh vegetables from my container garden.
5. A quiet house.

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Wonder Full World Women's Ministry Retreat Kit

A trip around the world in one weekendWonder Full World Women’s Ministry Retreat Kit, the newest retreat kit for women from Group Publishing, Inc., offers an affordable, fun-filled, interactive experience for churches of any size and budget. The retreat kit equips churches to create an experience for the women of their congregations using the talent of their own members rather than having a speaker come in for the weekend. Wonder Full World is more than just a weekend getaway. It’s an imaginative journey around the world and an exploration of the “I wonders” in a woman’s heart through in-depth Bible study, an unforgettable worship experience, and an open invitation for girlfriends to draw closer together and experience the vastness of God’s love.Q & A with Amy Nappa, Executive Editor ofWonder Full World Women’s Ministry Retreat KitQ: Let’s talk about the way churches usually do a women’s retreat. What makes Group’s retreat-in-a-box such a great alternative to the usual re…

More on South Africa

Table Mountain--Cape Town
West coast, Weskus Nasionale Park
Pretoria, South Africa

Photo's courtesy of Wikipedia.

The June 2010 issue of National Geographic has an excellent story and photo's entitled "Mandela's Children".

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An Interview With Kathi Macias

Kathi Macias is an award winning author and has written more than 20 books. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She and her husband Al live in California.

I've asked only a few questions of Kathi and she was kind enough to email her answers today.

1. What is your favorite Bible verse?
"Hard to choose only one favorite verse, but I suppose it would be Deuteronomy 8:1.
'Every commandment which I command you today you must be faithful to observe, that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land.' God's requirement is faithfulness to His commands (which we know are summed up in loving God and others), but only for today. How easily we get caught up in regret over yesterday's failures or worry over tomorrow's challenges. Love God today, and let Him love others through you. That's all that's required of us in order to 'live and multiply and go in and possess th…

No Greater Love by Kathi Macias

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Extreme Devotion Series
Book 1 No Greater Love. CBD link:

Book 2 More Than Conquerors this book is available now at bookstores. CBD link:

Book 3 will be available in August 2010 (according to CBD site)--Red Ink--The country where this story is based is China.

Book 4 is People of the Book--The country where this story is based is Saudi Arabia.

New Hope Publishers, 2010, 320 pages
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I am so excited to bring this book to your attention through review!
I c…

Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle

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432 pages, published in 2009

This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

The book begins in November 2001-- Kabul, Afghanistan. The American military is looking for al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Afghanistan is a country that has been under the Taliban rule, and now has American military working to eradicate these groups that are a threat to the American nation. The story then moves to the present day, a young woman named Amy has just arrived to be in charge with starting a center for women and children. Amy is an educated women, a world traveler, she has done field work in other foreign countries, but she has never been in a Muslim country or a war. She is naive in believing that she can continue to adapt her culture to this culture. She learns quickly that safety and compliance is necessary. A Special Forces vet…

An Award Won!

I won The Versatile Blogger award yesterday, thank you to Patiently Waiting .
The rules for this award is that when you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to fifteen blog's you've recently discovered that you enjoy!

Seven Things About Myself:
1. I'm a bird watcher. I feed the birds and squirrels in my back yard, noting what kind of birds I am attracting. My husband has joined in with me in this hobby. We especially love to bird watch when we are on vacation at the cabin in Colorado, we see such a different variety of birds we don't see in Texas. As for my favorite bird--the owl, I'm crazy about owls, followed by cardinals, and little birds like finches and chickadees.
2. My favorite television channels are the history and military channels on Dish Network. I read everyday, but on occasion I will watch television. I don't watch any prime time shows. I also like Turner Classic Movies.
3. I could eat grilled salmon almost…